Breed for health and temperament
I am looking to breed from my Labrador this year. Do I need to bother with checking if the sire has had any health tests?
Graham says: Most certainly. You should only be considering breeding from your bitch if she is sound in temperament, is good with people and other dogs and is quiet. Then you would start the process of health testing — hips, elbows and eyes for Labradors — and only when you have a clean bill of health should you be looking for a sire. He should also have all the aforementioned traits. You should always be looking to improve the breed lines. Finally, before embarking on breeding from your bitch, ask yourself why you want to breed from her. Is it for the same again? If it is, then go back to your breeder, as there is no guarantee you’ll get it.